Bruno Mars Earns First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200

Grammy Award-winning crooner Bruno Mars finally lands his sophomore album “Unorthodox Jukebox”, which was released in December 2012, at the top of the Billboard 200. With a little help from Amazon MP3, the “Locked Out of Heaven” singer scores his first No. 1 ever in the albums chart, selling 95,000 copies for a 96% increase, almost doubling its sales last week. bruno-mars-earns-first-no-1-album-on-billboard-200

Mars’ “Jukebox” and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” both got a boost from Amazon MP3 sales as the two, along with other albums, were put on a one-day $1.99 sale by the digital retailer. This greatly improved their sales for the week ending March 3, according to figures tallied by Nielsen SoundScan.

Thanks to the boost from Amazon MP3, Mars almost doubles his strongest contender’s output, Atoms For Peace’s “Amok”, which debuts at No. 2 with 50,000 units. Since a No. 1 debut for the electronic/rock act is derailed by Mars, Thom Yorke and his super group couldn’t help but be content for now with bagging the top spot in other charts for Rock Albums, Independent Albums and Dance/Electronic Albums.